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Tigers start coach search

Thomson is on the search for a new coach.
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THOMSON hopes to have replacements for its departing coaching staff in place by the middle of the month.

The Tigers had hoped to hold onto premiership-winning duo Reece Holwell and Brent Taylor for a sixth season, however, Holwell announced last week they would be stepping down.

President Craig Jacka says they were keen to keep the pair, as well as assistant coach Todd Kingsbury.

“We were confident we would get them across the line,” he said.  “We’d had the discussions at the club, and we thought they still had a fair bit to give.

“Reece kept saying, “we’ve been giving the same message to the blokes for five years.

“We pointed out to them only ‘Monkey’ (Brandon) Gardiner, Sam (Jacka) had listened to the same message for five years; there’s been a constant turnover.

“But they decided they didn’t have the energy to go again.”

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Jacka said talks are already underway with prospective replacements.

“It’s put a little bit behind the eight-ball, but we’ve been in discussions with a couple of different ones,” he said. “We had one application thrown in before we even advertised.

“The guys we’ve spoken to are ready. We’re confident that we’ll get a good candidate.

“It won’t be the same, but things move on, and it’s a different set of eyes, a different group of people.

“We can make it a winner.”

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However, Jacka has already ruled out Brent Macleod being a replacement.

A Thomson junior, Macleod returned to the Tigers in 2016, taking out the Whitley Medal and GDFL goalkicking award.

He departed the following year for Ocean Grove before spending the last two seasons at Apollo Bay.

However, he won’t coach the CDFL club in 2020.

Taylor has already returned to Drysdale as an assistant coach, while Holwell is unsure of his future.

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